Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is coming to Waterloo Region. “Coming Soon” signage is being installed this week to notify the public that in 90 days the ASE units will be operational and may begin issuing tickets.
ASE is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to help reduce speed in identified areas. ASE captures and records images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted limit.
With speed a factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions in Canada, ASE helps to enforce speed limits, increases safety and comfort for local communities and vulnerable road users, like children. There is also evidence that over time ASE can positively change driver behaviour in all school zones.
“Automated Speed Enforcement is about safety,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman (photo). “Using this technology will enhance safety for all road users, especially our residents using active transportation including walking and cycling to and from school.”
The Region and area municipalities have worked together over the last two years to find a solution to reduce traffic speeds and increase safety in school zones in Waterloo Region. Eight schools have been identified and approved by Regional and Local Area Municipal Councils for the first phase of implementation (one per municipality on both Regional and area municipality roadways). The selected schools are:
· Cedar Creek Public School, Hilltop Drive, Township of North Dumfries
· Foundation Christian School, Katherine Street, Township of Woolwich
· Franklin Avenue Public School, Franklin Avenue, City of Kitchener
· Keatsway Public School, Keats Way, City of Waterloo
· Laurentian Public School, Westmount Road, City of Kitchener (Regional Road)
· New Dundee Public School, Bridge Street, Township of Wilmot (Regional Road)
· St. Clements Public School, Lobsinger Line, Township of Wellesley
· St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary, Guelph Avenue, City of Cambridge
Similar to Red Light Cameras in Waterloo Region, the Region of Waterloo will be responsible for the administration of ASE on Regional and area municipal roadways as well as the issuing and administering the payment of fines.
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